Immanental non-transcendental thought

Ascribes problems to nature or nurture

But not the numinous. That saves your skin

Because a moral sensibility

Can get you killed in this rough world. What’s skin

Worth divorced from knowing love is real? I

Cannot empirically prove any love

Transmutes, heals, and calms the soul. And neither

Can you. You have to believe both parties

That it was love that healed. And if you want

Love but not any other virtues then

You are saying the terra firma of

Moral terrain is just around me. Well,

That’s a rather selfish choice and beggars

Your brothers who live with brutal complex

Consequences of nature, nurture but

For God’s sake need beauty and justice and

Accountability that we find in

Each society but our own circle

Which retreats with speed from encouraging

Virtue. Oh yes, we are in a rough world

Entranced by a powerfully bizarre

Spell that denies ex nihil nihil fit.

by Allegra Jordan, 2016